Climate change is fundamentally an energy issue. Alberta is supplying energy to meet growing global demand for such things as fuel for transportation and to spur economic growth around the world. Achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions requires a prudent and unique set of actions.
Alberta is regulating emissions from large industrial emitters and investing heavily in clean energy technology to reduce emissions at the source. Our actions allow Alberta to move in-step with emerging North American climate policies.
Regulating GHG emissionsAlberta regulates mandatory emission reductions from all large industrial emitters. These regulations include a price on carbon, a technology fund and a regulated offset market.
Alberta is the only jurisdiction in North America with mandatory reduction regulations for large emitters (>100,000 tonnes per year) across all sectors.
Alberta's GHG emissions
Alberta produces about one third of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of emissions come from coal-fired electricity and oil and gas development.
The oil sands account for about 21 per cent of Alberta's emissions, which is equal to about 7 per cent of national emissions and less than 0.15 per cent of global emissions.
Alberta's increasing emissions also reflect that the province's population has grown 50 per cent since 1991, the highest rate of growth in Canada.
Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon capture and storage remains a key part of Alberta’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the responsible development of our energy resources.
Alberta is investing $1.3 billion over 15 years on two carbon capture and storage projects that will reduce emissions by 2.76 million tonnes annually by 2016 – the equivalent of taking 550,000 cars off the road.
Learn more about carbon capture and storage.
Alberta's Emissions Target
Climate Change Action
- 32 million tonnes of emissions avoided since July 1, 2007
- $312 million into a clean energy technology fund
- $1.3 billion for carbon capture and storage
- $15 per tonne carbon price
- Seventeen million tonnes worth of emissions have been purchased on a regulated offset market
- $36-million energy efficiency consumer rebate program; 96,000 rebates provided as of January 2011
- Five per cent renewable fuel standard for gasoline and two per cent for diesel